How to Attract Renters to a Home

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By Jennifer Riner of Zillow In a highly competitive rental market, large property management (PM) companies often meet prospective tenants eager to submit their applications for approval. Single-family homeowners looking to lease space in their primary residences or individual investment properties aren’t as lucky. Typically, word-of-mouth marketing best suits small-scale landlords, increasing the probability of… 

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Tips for First Time Home Buyers

Buying a home can be a daunting process.  I’ve been through it twice now so I figured it would be good to share some of the things I learned along the way to help you first time home buyers keep your cool while waiting for the transaction to be completed. Let’s begin with a few… 

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The Real Cost of Owning a Home


Recently, I met up with my friend Jen for lunch and she told me that she and her husband were looking to buy their first home.  They have been renting for a couple of years while saving money for a down payment and they had finally put enough way to start seriously shopping around. She… 

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Mortgage Escrow Accounts Explained

If you’re currently paying a mortgage on your home, odds are you’re paying your property taxes and homeowner’s insurance through a mortgage escrow account.  But what is a escrow account and is it really necessary? A mortgage escrow account is kind of like a forced savings account.  When you make your monthly mortgage payment, you’re… 

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